In 2020, humanity is already colonized other planets, achieved immortality and repulsed the attack of several alien civilizations . This is how people living in the 1900s imagined the future.
At least today we should already have futuristic vehicles and houses. How did our ancestors from the past represent them?
The designers of Budget Direct Travel Insurance have created a project that recreated these fantasies. They took the idea from notes or memoirs of various inventors and science fiction and transformed it first in the drawing and then in the three-dimensional model for greater clarity.
The result is a series of amazing images that show us the fantasies of people from the last century about the future. Some look very even nothing, see for yourself:
Underwater sightseeing bus (1932)
The inventor of this transport was an engineer from Nice in the south of France, who lived in 1932. He sincerely believed that such tours and buses for them will certainly appear in the future.
He also developed a subway for carriages, and air for train and bus passengers must come through long tubes that run from the passenger compartment to the surface of the water.
Amphibious bus (1947)
Industrial designer Robert Seidman invented this «public amphibian»After seeing experimental amphibious military vehicles at sea during World War II.
The luxurious 10-meter residential van, according to the author’s plan, has a built-in bar, a place for navigation maps and access to the roof so you can fish in comfort.
Cruise liner (1957)
This unusual amphibious liner was invented by legendary science fiction illustrator Frank Tinsley for Mechanix Illustrated magazine in 1957.
At the heart of transport is the idea that the cruise route does not necessarily have to pass by water – you can travel by land. To do this, it was proposed to install a front dump on the ship, like a bulldozer, which served as a breakwater on the water, and on the ground helped to get through the thickets.
Country house of the future (1957)
This house is the work of designer James R. Powers, who worked at Ford Advanced Styling Studio and drew similar illustrations as background images.
Most of Powers’ sketches are not about the homes of the future, but about the transport on which people can get to such country villas. In the reproduced image you can see the launch pad for individual missiles and hydrogen-powered cars on both the first and second floor of the house.
Weekend in the space colony (1977)
In the late 1970s, NASA was convinced that the colonization of the stars would be the next big event, and the space agency commissioned artist Rick Guidis to show in pictures what space settlements and stations would look like.
Rick’s experience in advertising has led to the creation of truly inspiring illustrations of how we could live today on other planets and simply in outer space.
Surprisingly, all these inventions would look good today. Here it is, real retrofuturism!
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